This is my go to contour brush! It's small enough to fit under my cheekbones but it picks up the product so well. It blends my contour product like no other brush(I use too faced chocolate soleil bronzer or NYX taupe blush to contour) I love how the bristles are stiff so I can have maximum control where my product goes. If this brush was sold individually I would buy 2 more hehe. It's easy to clean and dries extremely quick. It came in a set that cost about $20 Canadian at london drugs.
I really like some of the RT brushes, and this is one of them. I know it's a contour brush, but I don't use it very often for that. I mostly use it to apply powder highlighter, or set my under eye concealer with MUFE HD powder. It's a really good brush! I haven't had any hairs shed, and it's really soft. After you wash it, it dries really fast. It has an aluminum ferrule that you can dent if you're not careful.
This brush is the perfect egg shape and stiffness for so many things. I reach for this brush (along with the buffing brush) so often, and almost wish I had 50 of these to use.
The uses I have found it perfect for are:
- Contouring right under the cheekbones (as it states)
- Blush application
- Highlighter application
- Powder or liquid foundation application
- Buffing or blending out face makeup
The bristles are good in quality as well. I've only found one or two odd hairs to stick out strangely, but other than that, with deep cleansing often, it's stood up to the rest of time with the rest of my brushes and fantastic price as well.
Real Techniques brushes have rightfully earned their name, and the Core Collection is a good place to start. The Contour Brush is one of those brushes you're not sure what to do with, at first. I certainly have gone back and picked it up for a different purpose each time. This is definitively one to have around!
I can see it working for any of the following uses:
CONTOUR: Being slightly smaller and more tapered than MAC 109, it can be more precise while still being able to blend colors out for a natural finish. It fits easily into the hollows of the cheeks and feels incredibly soft.
HIGHLIGHT: If you don't really like to use a fan brush, this is ideal for applying highlight. It is fluffy enough to pick product, and it's small enough to be precise. Anyone who uses Fan Brushes regularly will tell you that the synthetic ones are no good most of the time, they pick up less and they don't blend out. This just as good, if not better than a natural hair fan brush.
BLUSH: Be it that you have a smaller face or you like to be more precise, this is a great one. It's just like a mini blush-brush. Picks up well, deposits nicely, and because the base is slightly stiff, it is good at blending.
Works amazingly also for cream blush. The tapered shape allows precision in picking, dotting, and blending. Because it is synthetic and doesn't absorb, it is superior to all its natural hair counterparts.
*NOTE. The black matte part of the handles does eventually start to 'wrinkle', depending on how often you wash. At that point I prefer to scrape it all off, uncovering the shiny plastic part. It's disappointing as it looks and feels much nicer when it is matte, but I can live with that as the brush remains fully functional.
A relatively good brush.
I use it with powder and cream bronzers and contouring products.
For powder bronzer/contour. ( I LOVE using chocolate powder which is a great substitute for commercial products like Too Faced bronzer , Bobbi Brown Bronzing powder and MAC Mineralize skin finish or Bronzing powder )
I tap a small amount onto the brush, tap off the excess and contour along my forehead, cheek bones and jawline, the result is a really really natural smooth contour that just subtly defines my facial architecture.
For Cream bronzers ( I LOOOVE Kevyn Aucoin Shade and Illuminate, but you can equally use any cream and liquid contour/bronzer. )
with a small amount I sculpt along my facial architecture, forehead , cheekbones and jawline ( sometimes I extend down to my neck ) the effects are fabulous, a smooth transition of definition.
I particularly like to use this with my rice powder , tap some powder, tap off the excess, powder lightly over the T-zone, a good precision powder brush :)
Always follow this rule when it comes to makeup, less is more and you can build up the coverage/intensity of products.
I like this brush , its the right amount of density and softness for product, but unfortunately, as with MANY of the brushes aimed for contouring..It wasn't anything special..i know some people LOVE this brush..i just happen to one of the many who doesn't fancy it.
BUT for the price, being bugdet friendly for anyones buck, its a great choice, especially since it comes in a set of three other brushes, i LOOOVE THE BUFFING BRUSH!!!!
My review of the Real Techniques Buffing brush is already present on Makeupalley if your interested to look at it.
Great brush. A nice fit for contouring your cheek bones.
I bought the Core Collection specifically for this brush (this and the buffing brush).
I find it *perfect* SUPER *perfect* for really directed application of blush. I have a small face and favour small brushes for blush so this is just ideal. Picks up and blends pigment easily.
It's soft, it's well-made, great quality, doesn't shed, dries fast after washing and I really can't fault it. I wish I had been able to buy it on its own but heh ho.
Love this brush! It's so soft and the colour of the handle is lovely as it makes a change from usual black handles.
I use this as a foundation brush with liquid foundation and gives amazing results!
Got this in the RT Core Collection - the only way it can be purchased (truly a shame that the brushes in the sets cannot also be purchased individually!).
What's interesting is that I didn't even want this brush. I bought the Core Collection purely to get the Buffing Brush and didn't think I would have any use for the other brushes in the set but it turns out that the Buffing Brush is my least favourite of the 4 brushes and I like the Contouring Brush much more than I ever thought I would.
I rarely contour because the results on me are either non-existent or silly looking and, before getting this brush, I couldn't get a good balance between the two extremes. While I still don't contour as part of my daily routine, with this brush, it is at least something I will attempt more often. What I do love this for (as many others do) is applying highlighter. The Contour Brush applies highlighter in such a way that it gives subtle effect that is natural but still gives a highlighted "glow".
Given the low price of this brush, the quality it delivers is even more amazing. I just love Real Techniques!
I haven't actually used this brush yet for a "contour" per say, but I use this daily with my Mac Mineralized Skinfinish in "Soft and Gentle" and my Mac "Pink Buttercream Pearlmatte Face Powder" as highlighters on top of my cream blush, and the result is always amazing! It's a very gentle brush, which is great because my NC15 skin is crazy sensitive!! I'm ordering a Sleek blush palette from eBay UK to Canada that has a contouring colour in it, so I can't wait to try this brush with a contouring powder! This is a great buy, especially for the low price. I have owned and still own some Mac, Bobbi Brown and Clinique brushes and I sincerely find the Real Techniques line to be better! I am a university student with a taste for high end products, bad combination!! So I can say that these brushes are budget friendly and really deliver!!